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SF Gate: Universities balk at blocking Napster

Sep 23, 2000, 19:09 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Locke)

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"Los Angeles attorney Howard E. King, who is representing the artists, two weeks ago asked 20 colleges to stop students from Internet access to the program, which lets users share MP3 music files. As of Friday's deadline, none of those replying had agreed to the block, King said."

"Given the fact that Napster technology may be used for legitimate purposes and that the university does not monitor the use of its electronic systems, we see no justification for a blanket block on access to Napster technology," University of California General Counsel James E. Holst said in a reply to King's request. UC officials compared blocking Napster to removing a copying machine because it can be used to reproduce written works illegally."

"The response disappointed King. "I think it's disingenuous to profess to be great protectors of intellectual property yet at the same time allow your facilities to be used for something that everybody knows is thievery of intellectual property," he said. In Redwood City, Napster Inc. released a statement saying it was "pleased with the universities decision to allow student to continue to participate in the Napster community."

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